ProMAC 2014

Special Lecture - Mr. Paul Hodgkins

1: The Power of Project Leadership - Seven Leadership Lessons

2: Developing Organisational Project Management (OPM) Capability

Mr. Paul Hodgkins
Mr. Paul Hodgkins
Executive Director of Paul Hodgkins Project Consultancy,

Former Siemens PM@Siemens Programme Executive for North West Europe


Abstract:Special Lecture 1

  What are the 'seven lessons' I learned about leadership from aged 17 when I joined Siemens as a 'Youth Training Scheme' Trainee, that I applied to my projects and that all project managers can apply to theirs? This is an interactive, storytelling and personal presentation which is always very well received and it starts with the hardest interview I've ever had……….one where I was only asked three questions! Complexity, challenge and ambiguity and the only certainties in our projects today requiring more and greater leadership than ever before. This story-telling and engaging presentation will help project managers to make the transition from 'project manager' to 'project leader' and in so doing, help them navigate their projects to successful outcomes.


Abstract:Special Lecture 2

  This presentation will involve the attendees in thinking about - and offering their opinions on - what organisational project management (OPM) is.

  The presentation will explore how the global professional project management bodies, PMI and IPMA define OPM and why OPM is important.

  It will also explore what needs to be in place in organisations to implement OPM effectively and touch on a case study from Siemens where OPM was effectively deployed across a global organisation.



    Paul joined Siemens in 1984 as a graduate trainee and within two years entered the world of Project Management.

    His enthusiastic approach and project business success was recognised in his project management of some key projects; most notably in the then government owned British Rail; the implementation of communications infrastructure programme for London Undergrounds’ Jubilee Line Extension and a major telecommunications refresh programme across the Government Department of Social Security as well as in leading the communications implementation project for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
    Paul was promoted to Head of Project Management and then Head of Sales Support for Siemens Communications; reporting to the Managing Director.
    Responsible for a team of over 100 pre and post sales support staff and supporting a £250M UK sales business, he assisted the sales force to consistently exceed all sales order, turnover and profit targets and through his positioning of Project Management as a value creating profession, was able to add over £2Million of incremental profit to that business.
    His achievements were recognized when he won, against some very stiff competition from across all of UK industry, (not Siemens specific), the prestigious UK National Sales Award for “Sales Support Team of the Year”.
    From February 2006 until June 2013, he was responsible for leading the PM@Siemens programme (Siemens global programme addressing project business) across the UK and North West Europe where his motivational and inspirational leadership style led to even greater levels of project and programme business success.
    His efforts led Siemens UK plc in 2008 to become the first corporate organisation in the UK to receive accreditation from the Association for Project Management. This was in recognition of Siemens UK plc’s commitment to professional project and programme management development.
    In April 2009, Paul was nominated by ‘Project Magazine’ as one of ten ‘key influencers’ in the UK in relation to the profession of project and programme management. This recognition placed him in the company of the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone and Sir David Normington, the then Permanent Secretary to the UK Government Home Office.
    In July 2013 he established his own business, Paul Hodgkins Project Consultancy, where he has already begun to help businesses “unleash the power of projects and programmes”. He continues to be recognised for his contribution in developing the project management profession and has written articles for and appeared in numerous project management publications.
    Paul was appointed as a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM) in October 2009 and represented Siemens as part of the PMI Global Executive Council and APM Corporate Leaders Advisory Group.
    He is also guest present as part of University College London's MSc on the Strategic Management of Projects.